August 29, 2016
An illustration for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, for a conversation between Amitav Ghosh and Kartik Shanker on Ghosh’s newest book – The Great Derangement, and our apparent inability (even indifference) to the global effects of climate change, and how collective action to counter these are mired in opinion or belief rather than a considered response to facts. The illustration was created using the author’s analysis of modern historical events and current ways of living; making cataclysmic storms, tornadoes and rising sea levels possibly an inevitable result of anthropogenic climate change.
August 17, 2016
Cover for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, showing the bleaching and gradual deterioration of corals in response to rising sea temperatures caused by climate change. Based on the article “Living with Change: local responses to global impacts in India’s oceanic coral reefs” by Rohan Arthur, Vardhan Patankar and Naveen Namboothri, in this issue.
August 1, 2016
SPRING Magazin is a comics anthology now in its 13th volume. In spring this year, this volume was conceptualized, discussed, argued over, doodled, drawn and quartered by 16 German and Indian comic artists at Nrityagram, Bangalore (supported by Goethe Instutut, New Delhi). The theme of this volume is The Elephant in the Room (published by Mairisch Verlag, 2016). Each graphic story speaks on womens’ issues in different, individual ways – exploring different facets of that elephant who inhabits many rooms. Here’s my elephant on the cover (with assorted supporting characters).
Having spent two months previously in the company of several unforgettable canines, as well as drawing at Nrityagram with the two resident dogs close at hand – it was almost inevitable that my graphic story for SPRING turned out to be about bitches – the ones that raise society’s eyebrows by conforming to no known expectations and going forth true to themselves. Here are the pups without whom the story would never have happened.
And here are some drawings that helped define the characters I was going to draw at the residency, with the help of Dash, Bolt and Socks (and their humans, Pratheek and Tina Thomas of Studio Kokaachi).
Some further explorations of style and personality in my sketchbook at Nrityagram, using our daily drawing exercises and Guru and Swami as willing, easygoing, biscuit-guzzling models.
And here is an extract from the finished comic.
August 1, 2016
Cover and inside illustrations for The Secret Sanctuary, written by Stephen Alter (with Puffin, 2015) – a quirky, delightfully geeky book with creatures of all sizes (complete with scientific names), and where to possibly find them in real life. Perhaps the wistful lost naturalist of Flag Hill may be found there as well.
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June 19, 2016
Short story in The Hindu/Young World, May 27/2016. Based on true events and (imagined) real bird.
April 21, 2015
An illustration for IQ magazine, on a story by Janice Pariat called An Atlas of the Clouds.
… it might well be that the only way to belong, to heed the call of becoming, is to “unbelong”, to forget where you came from.
April 21, 2015
Witch in dystopia, fairy tale in disarray, kids on sugar and possible lurking leopard-induced deaths, in A Trail of Breadcrumbs, a two-page story for ELLE magazine, Nov 2014 issue.
December 29, 2014
The Alphabet of Animals and Birds, a book of illustrated collective nouns that I wrote and illustrated (yay!!!) – has just been published by Red Turtle. Its oozing with murders of crows, rafts of otters, scoops of pelicans and many other pagefuls of animals and birds – useful group names to know for the next time you meet some of these creatures!
Here’s where you can buy the book:
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A few pages from the book: